Ezra 4:7-23 KJV

7 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam,a Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.

References for Ezra 4:7

    • { 4:7 - Bishlam: or, in peace
      8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribeb wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:

      References for Ezra 4:8

        • | 4:8 - scribe: or, secretary
          9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor *, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions;c the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, and the Elamites,

          References for Ezra 4:9

            • } 4:9 - companions: Chaldee, societies
              10 And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asnappar brought over , and set * in the cities of Samaria, and the rest that are on this side the river, and at such a time.
              11 This is the copy of the letter that they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men on this side the river, and at such a time.
              12 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set upd the walls thereof, and joined the foundations.

              References for Ezra 4:12

                • ~ 4:12 - set up: or, finished
                  13 Be it known * now unto the king, that, if this city be builded , and the walls set up again, then will they not paye toll, tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings.

                  References for Ezra 4:13

                    •  4:13 - pay: Chaldee, give
                      14 Now because we havef maintenance * from the king's palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king;

                      References for Ezra 4:14

                        • € 4:14 - we have...: Chaldee, we are salted with the salt of the palace
                          15 That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have movedg sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed .

                          References for Ezra 4:15

                            •  4:15 - moved: Chaldee, made
                              16 We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up , by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river.
                              17 Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor *, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companionsh that dwell in Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a time.

                              References for Ezra 4:17

                                • ‚ 4:17 - companions: Chaldee, societies
                                  18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.
                                  19 And I commanded * ,i and search hath been made, and it is found that this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.

                                  References for Ezra 4:19

                                    • ƒ 4:19 - I commanded: Chaldee, by me a decree is set
                                      20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid unto them.
                                      21 Givej ye now commandment to cause these men to cease , and that this city be not builded , until another commandment shall be given from me.

                                      References for Ezra 4:21

                                        • „ 4:21 - Give...: Chaldee, Make a decree
                                          22 Take heed * now that ye fail not to do * this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?
                                          23 Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by forcek and power.

                                          References for Ezra 4:23

                                            • … 4:23 - by force...: Chaldee, by arm and power